The media, entertainment, movies, music all conditioned society to believe that this is the perfect image or we must have this to be happy. Then we become victims because they seem so happy with those conditions and we don't have it. Then some people spent their entire lives trying to get that to be happy. Before they realized it, their whole lives passed by already and they are still waiting to be happy.
David R Hawkins talks about how in the progress of development, you go from "having" to "doing" to "being". At first, we think it's what we have (money, car, house, new iPhone, marriage, grandkids) that will make us happy/fulfilled. Then as we let go of that, we move to "doing". It's when you do, or hustle, work hard, grind mode, take action in order to be happy. But you could spend your whole life "doing" that and still not be happy because we always want more. After you do something and get that thing, you'll always want the next thing... and the next thing. People always think it's when I finally make X amount of money or become a millionaire then I'll be happy. But there have been reports that people who do finally get that money are now more paranoid of losing it or needing more. It's an endless cycle. As you let go of that, we move to "being" where you realized it's not what you have or what you do but you just have to "be" happy now. Right now. In the present moment. It's about each step along the way, not the end goal. Because the end goal is future-based and the "having" and "doing" is about focusing on the future. But "being" is in the now.
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